Six thousand pounds of cheese is being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of the potential that it may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported so far.
The name is surrounded by an orange border and there is a small cow on the label. It is a white cheese. The cheese has an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2017 and a UPC code of 8 52304 74023 2. The lot number of this cheese is 254.
The package also has a flag of El Salvador on the 16-ounce plastic package. The cheeses were distributed in supermarkets and other retail outlets.
The recall was initiated after a sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture revealed that the finished products contained the listeria bacteria. Miami-based La Nica Products has stopped production and distribution of the product.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled cheeses are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 305-621-8810 any time Monday through Sunday between 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.